Tuesday, March 17: Library Closes

COVID-19 UPDATE: Kent Free Library is closed effective March 17

Kent Free Library will close as of 9:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16.

** NOTE: the library will REMAIN OPEN as a polling location on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Follow signs to polling location from parking lot entrance.**

Beginning Tuesday, March 17 and continuing through at least Sunday, April 5 the library will close as a measure of caution in response to coronavirus concerns.

Digital resources remain available 24/7 with your library card and we hope to increase the number of checkouts permitted on Hoopla and Kanopy in the coming week.

Please keep borrowed library materials until the library reopens. There is no need to return items during the shutdown period. No fines or fees will accrue while the library is closed and there will be a grace period when we reopen. Any late fees that accumulate accidentally will be forgiven.

If you have recently placed items on hold we will do our best to set them aside for you to pick up when the library reopens. Please expect slowdowns in delivery and cancellations of library materials on hold due to library closings across the state.

As new information is made available, the library will continue to update our plans and communicate changes on our website and Facebook page. The decision to close was not easy. Throughout the duration of the crisis, we have aimed to stay open as long as possible. However, to protect the health and safety of our community members and staff it became necessary to cease regular operation.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this unprecedented time. We look forward to seeing you in April.


Stacey Richardson


Digital Collection: Overdrive (Ohio Digital Library)

Access thousands of ebooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines with your KFL card through the Ohio Digital Library!  Simply get the Libby (by Overdrive) App on your smartphone, tablet, Kindle Fire, or Desktop computer, search for Kent Free Library (Ohio Digital Library), and log in with your library card number.

You can search for a particular author or title, browse by genre, or select from lists of recommendations.  As with popular books in our physical  collection, some titles might be checked out and require placing a hold; but you can also limit your search to “Available” and find many titles to check out immediately!  For other immediately available ebooks and digital audiobooks, check out our Hoopla service!

Check outs are for 21 days and you can have 10 items on your card at one time.

Digital Collections: RB Digital Magazines and Freegal Music

Enjoy thumbing through popular entertainment magazines, finding new recipes in cooking magazines, or reading indepth articles in news magazines?  Use RB Digital Magazines and your KFL library card to find hundreds of current magazines on your mobile device or Desktop computer!  Just download the RBDigital App or find the link on KFL’s website under Stream and Download Collections.

Discover new music or find old favorites with Freegal.  With the App on your mobile device or the site pulled up on your computer, you can search for songs or browse genres for songs to download, up to 3 per month.  You can also stream music for up to 3 hours per month!

Digital Collections: Hoopla and Kanopy

Thousands of movies and television shows are available to you free with your KFL card!  Hoopla provides streaming access to popular titles.  You can check out up to 20 per month!  Hoopla also has a good selection of instantly available ebooks and digital audiboooks, including 1,400 Children’s Picture Books on Video by Scholastic.  Just download the Hoopla App on your smart phone or digital device, or click on the link on the Stream and Download section under the Collections menu on our website.  You can check out 20 Hoopla items each month.

KanopyKanopy is our newest digital service that provides access to thousands of movies, especially foreign films, independent films, documentaries, and classics.  Again, just download the App or watch on your Desktop computer.  You can check out 10 Kanopy items per month.

Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 pm: I Survived: Crash Course

Students ages 8 – 14 are invited to a limited series based on the I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis. This session will feature activities from the book The Glacier National Park Grizzly Attacks, 1967.
Register online or by calling Youth Services starting March 4.

Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert by the Akron & District Pipe Band

Akron Pipe Bank LogoEnjoy a free all-ages concert by The Akron & District Pipe Band.  This high energy group features traditional music of the bagpipes, highland snare, tenor and bass drums. Founded in 1979, the band originally made its home at the 107th Armored Cavalry Ohio National Guard Armory in Stow, Ohio, and continues now at Family of Faith Church in downtown Akron. They continue to provide education and entertainment throughout the greater Ohio area, offering free lessons to anyone interested in learning to play the Great Highland Bagpipes or drums.

Concerts are are held on the 2nd floor balcony so the music may be enjoyed throughout the library. Limited seating is available. No registration required. CDs will be available for sale.

Sunday, March 1 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm: Board Gaming Club

Generic board gameEnjoy playing board games at the Kent Free Library!  This friendly group meets the first Sunday of each from 1:30 – 4:30 to play a variety of board games, including some from the library’s own collection.  Drop in to play and stay as long as you’d like.

No registration is required.  Intended for adults; children ages 13 and over are welcome with an accompanying adult.

Saturday, February 29 at 2:00 pm: Leap Day Party!

Kids jumpingKids ages 3 – 12 are invited to a Leap Day Party. Discover your leap age, indulge in a leaping sweet treat, find out how far you can leap, and more!

Registration is required. Visit www.kentfreelibrary.org or call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Thursday, February 27 at 6:30 pm: Our History through Storytelling


Storytelling is a vehicle by which history and traditions are passed from one generation to the next. Storytelling breathes life into the past and gives the listener a sense of belonging and an understanding of what came before. Dr. Geraldine Hayes-Nelson, President of the Portage County NAACP, leads a celebration of Black History Month with an evening of storytellers who will share their stories reflecting the ever changing African American community in Portage County.

For adults ages 18 and up.  No registration necessary.